Vondriska Adirondack Chairs

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Project by lobro4 posted 05-13-2014 08:16 PM 2650 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time to replace the Adriondack Chairs I had made many years ago. At the same time I needed to replace a patio table and benches I had built, too. (See next post) There’s lots of plans out there but not all of them are very build friendly. To that end, George Vondriska published a video several months ago on the Premium Membership section of Woodworkers Guild of America. I liked the plans for lots of reasons: Downloadable patterns, no really odd sizes of wood needed, safety in mind in the final project.
First it was off to Kinko’s to get the patterns printed on a wide format printer. Then it was transfer the patterns to some 1/2” plywood I had had laying around forever and tune up the jigsaw skill to get them cut out. All the patterns then sanded with a portable belt/spindle sander. Now, off to the Borg to get lots of 5/4 cedar decking to make these 6 chairs and the table/benches. More jigsaw work and sanding. All the cut edges were then routed with a round over to match the factory edges. Titebond III glue and outdoor screws and drill/driver and hand and its off to assembly.
One of the best parts was having my 12- and 10-year old kids help me put them together. Plan to finish them with some deck stain.
Comfortable and solid. Now all I need is some lemonade and a burger off the grill!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 02:06 AM

Outstanding work, they look great! I want to make a pair of these but it keeps getting bumped down the honey do list :(.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 09:13 AM

They look fabulous!

This design reminds me of Norm Abrams adirondack

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 12:54 PM

My father in law and I are building the exact same chairs. He basically “borrowed” his neighbor’s old broken down chair which off of which we made a series of patterns.

Yours look waaaaay better! Maybe I should download those plans.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 04:01 PM

Yeah that design is just like Norm’s classic design, just finished a set myself. How many tries did it take to get the upper rear cross piece correct? I know I wrecked a couple. That inside beveled curve is a tough cut with a jig saw.

Good Job overall, they came out nice. Any plans to finish them? Also what does it cost to have Kinkos print those patterns at full size? I figured out how to do it at home but I have to tape a lot of sheets together which is a bit of a chore.

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 08:18 PM

Actually I just cut the angle on the first go with my jigsaw. I don’t have a bandsaw. I had precut an angled piece on my crosscut saw to help set the jigsaw. I was also able to set the table on my portable spindle sander to the same angle when it came time to sand. The back slats didn’t fit absolutely perfectly but there was enough for the glue to stick to some spots.
The wide printer format was about $10.
I plan on getting some deck stain to finish these before they hit the harsh Kansas summer!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 05-15-2014 09:21 PM

The chairs look real comfortable and sturdy!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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